Rumors of Microsoft Points Phase-Out Arise (Again)

Oct 8, 2012 by  

MS Points Phase Out Rumor

Microsoft Points have been a bane of Xbox Live users since their very inception, preventing gamers from purchasing items without having any excess currency in their account. It’s been rumored several times already that MS Points might be phased out by Microsoft, and now that rumor has gained a little more traction.

Up until recently, many of Microsoft’s online stores have required that users first purchase Microsoft Points before then purchasing their desired item. This wasn’t just on Xbox Live, though, but also on Windows-based phones where users simply wanted to pick up music or movies.

However, Windows 8 phones have just recently begun adopting the ability to purchase items with a credit card and no longer requiring the pre-purchase of MS Points. The ability to purchase points is still an option, but it appears (at least on Windows 8 phones) that Microsoft is favoring an outright credit card purchase.

In fact, the company is encouraging mobile users to make credit card rather than MS Point purchases by making the credit card the default payment method. Points are still an option, but when you can use your credit card who wants to buy something and then buy the real thing they want?

While this doesn’t spell outright doom for MS Points, it does suggest where the company might be headed in the future. At this point (no pun intended) gamers have become so steeped in the MS Point economy that it would be fairly difficult to drop them whole cloth without some backlash. But if Microsoft were to make credit card purchases a standard part of the Xbox 720‘s DNA they can ensure that downloadable marketplace visits will be less of a hassle.

It’s important to note that at this point it’s only Windows 8 phones and their subsequent marketplaces that allow purchases sans MS Points, but this does indicate we could be seeing an across the board phase-out some time in the future.

Do you think that we will see the death of MS Points during the last months of this console generation, or as part of the next? Will anybody miss Microsoft Points?

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Source: The Verge

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  1. i dont care if they allow for direct credit card use or not, all i want is the same system the psn has – you pay for prepaid online cards, just like you do with phones. that system is the most straight forward and easiest to track rather then having to buy a whole 800 ms points b/c you’re 20 points off buying something >:(

    ohh and why is it that xbox users have to pay more for downloadable stuff (whether it be games or DLC), as if the monthly/yearly fee isn’t enough of a wallet killer >:(

  2. Here’s the system I think should be universal: you can use your credit card to purchase things (whenever you buy something, it charges your credit card, and you don’t have to put money into your PSN or XBL account firt), but you can also buy prepaid cards that have a code, which you redeem online. This is basically the same as how the PSN does it, but the big change is that there are several denominations of prepaid cards. I’m thinking $5, $10, $15, $20, $25, $50, $100, or something like that. Right now, you can only buy PSN cards in denominations of $20 and $50, which is total bulls**t. I shouldn’t have to buy a $20 card to pay for a $5 DLC, and I don’t want to link my debit card (I’m too young to have a credit card) to PSN because I don’t want my information to be in the system. I hope Microsoft Points do go away because they’re ridiculously stupid.

    • that’s a great idea but knowing these tight a** CEO clowns, they’ll think that spending an extra 5 cents to print out different pre-paid amounts is to much and won’t allow them to buy their kids $500k cars as their first car :P

      not only that but microsoft and sony hate sharing ideas, so i doubt microsoft would try and copy sony in fear of b*** hurt fangirls crying about their beloved psn being ‘ripped off’.

      • There’s a certain amount of truth in that.

    • they both have there problems man i understand were your coming from

  3. The point system is outdated. They really need to move to creditcard/prepaid card.

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